really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
105,919 miles
Total Complaints:
30 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. needs a new motor (28 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #10

Jan 142008

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


This (POS )Car that I purchased in Sept of 2006 is a 2004 Dodge intrepid Nightmare from Hell !!!! I might have ou maybe 9,000 miles on this car and only had it for 16 months and I still owe $8,000.00 on it! I was driving to work and getting ready to make a turn onto another road in the middle of Jan when the car completely just stops, luckily i was on a corner and no one was behind me. I called my husband he called AAA and I sat in the cold for 30 mins waiting for them to come and tow my car to a shop. Hours later my husband calls me back and tells me we need a whole new engine at the cost of about $4,000.00, because the engine has seized....... ( WTF). I now have a lawn ornament sitting in front of my house that i get the pay for monthly $(300.00), I can not drive it , but I surely get to pay for it !!!!!!! I want to know what dodge is doing to help anyone that stuck with these Pieces of CRAP cars !!!!!! They want the money but they what they sell is disgusting, I will NEVER buy or let anyone I know Buy another dodge Car......... I'm soooooo frustrated every morning i have to look at the car and know I have to pay for thier POS vechile.

- , Glensahw, PA, USA

problem #9

Dec 152008

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,015 miles

I still owe $9,000 on this POS Dogde and I don't know what to do??? I can't find an engine anywhere because, evidently...everyone who has one of these POS Intrepid s ends up with the engine going out, so a used replacement is SCARCE> I don't kow the F%(k to do. If I do find an engine, I'll be putting more money in to the car than its worth. And from reading other complaints on this website, it would just happen again when I get to 90K miles again. WTF. No more American made (Dodge anyway) cars for me!

- , Clinton, MS, USA

problem #8

Jan 012007

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

Had I known that this particular engine was known for this problem of sludge and not circulating engine oil leading to total failure I never would have bought this POS! Trying to find a replacement engine is just as bad, not to mention that I am and have been making the monthly car and insurance payments on a car that has sat for almost 2 years!

- , Deweyville, UT, USA

problem #7

Sep 042008

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles


Bought our 2004 Dodge Intrepid used from a dealer in 04. Was a program car with 27,000 miles on it. Has run fairly well with little to no problems. Done regular oil changes. Today, Sept. 4, 2008, has 83,000 miles, I drive it across town with no problem runs well. On the way home, it is running well and then all of a sudden I notice an engine noise that sounds like a broken fan blade when rotating. The noise gets louder and then the engine grinds awful. Most upsetting is that the car gave no indication of a bad engine prior to this. Just ran well and then engine failure. Mechanic says it needs a new engine. ($5,000 and we still owe 13,000 on the car because of high financing). Way past warranty so nothing I can do there. Would like to hear from others who have had same problem and anyone who knows of any class action law suits on Dodge Intrepids.

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 022008

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

Catastrophic Engine Failure......oil pump went out......engine seized.....not happy.

- , Nashville, TN, USA

problem #5

Dec 202007

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Single Mother, bought car used with only 20,000 miles on it, then had to pay 5600.00 for a new engine at 80,000 miles! Then I find out this engine was defective! I changed the oil every 3,000 miles! I will never, ever buy another Dodge product!

- , Louisville, KY, US

problem #4

Mar 082008

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


80,000 miles and the engine has completely failed. This engine had to be defective.

- , Huntsvile, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 092007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I am writing to inform you of an event that has affected me and may be a concern to others. In 2004, I purchases a 2004 Dodge Intrepid from the now defunct Tony Pesce Chrysler, jeep, Dodge (predecessor to also defunct Labate Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge) located on North Market St. (SR 170) in East Palestine, OH. The vehicle had normal preventative checks done and had undergone all applicable recall service. At one point, the vehicle needed to be serviced for an immense amount of black smoke coming from the exhaust. There was a full diagnostic test ran on the car and the result was that everything was a ok.

Approximately three months later, I had been informed I was in need of a new engine. The vehicle is out of warranty and I am stuck to pay for a vehicle that has yet to reach its payoff. I am a single mother of two who hoped to better serve my family by purchasing a "dependable" vehicle and am now faced with a terrible "lose-lose" dilemma. I am very discouraged and feel that I have been mislead by Chrysler Corporation, and "Authorized service technicians." I always returned my vehicle to my original seller (or certified Dodge dealer) when a problem would occur and I am more hurt than anything as to how no one could see this problem coming (especially given the above stated). I have never been a mechanic or someone who knows a lot about vehicles which is why whenever I felt the slightest problem I would seek help from a dealer. I had the natural thought of letting a technician tell me what I did or did not need.

I feel as if I have no where else to turn with a once reputable dealership closing its doors. Living paycheck to paycheck while trying to figure out if my vehicle will take my little girls to school or get me to work and back I simply have no room to breathe. The thought of putting $7,000 into a $30,000 vehicle that is less than half way paid off is absolutely absurd. I am unable to trade without owing or receive any assistance from Chrysler. I have previously purchased two other Chrysler products but their inability to stand behind their vehicles is leading me to explore other manufacturers.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you and the country of my problem so others can proceed with yet even more caution when it comes to an auto purchase.

- , East Palestine, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 122007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

Bought this 2004 Intrepid used. It ran good for six months. Then problems started. The check engine light would come on and go off. Always changed the oil every 3,000. Car even went to Florida and back with no problem. But then.... Car started clicking and clanking. Engine stopped. Had towed. They said we have antifreeze going into the engine. We spent 895.00 to have the engine turned down to diagnose the problem. Ended up spending 1495.00 to have the car put back in running condition with a one year warranty on parts and labor only. Three weeks later, the car stalled in the middle of traffic. Had it towed again from Maryland back to Virginia. This time, the mechanic said you need a new motor. Said some rod inside the motor was rusted and turned up. So here I am with a broken 2004 car that needs a 2,500 to 5,000 dollar motor and I still own 8,500.00 on the car. We did not get the extended warranty

(Stupid, Stupid thing I did) So what now? All I want to do is get rid of the car. I am looking for someone who just wants to pay for the body and the good parts of the car. Is in really good shape otherwise. Does anyone ever just buy cars that don't run?

I will never ever buy another dodge either. Pissed off in Virginia. I believe that Dodge should give us dissatisfied dodge buyers a break. Give us a coupon for 5 years worth of oil changes or some. After all, we bought their product. Worthless products at that.

Cmoore in VA

- , Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 282006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

2004 Dodge Intrepid, 80,000 miles, engine dead. My son was having knocking noise under the hood of the car, after getting it back from the bodyshop because of an accident. It was Christmas eve when the car broke down, so it had to be towed home. After Christmas the bodyshop refused to help, so took it to a mechanic shop and was told the engine need to be replaced. (Cost $5,600). I bought this 2004 Dodge Intrepid for my son in Sept 2004, from Darcars with 20,000 miles on it, because I was tired of being ripped off by people selling their used piece of junk. So here we are two years later, now the car have 80,000 miles, I owe $7,500 on the car and the mechanic wants $5,600 for a new engine. HELP!!

- , Upper Marlboro, MD, US

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